There's a lot of controversy over the city's decision to use rubber pellets in its artificial turf, without first allowing the material to be thoroughly tested for negative health effects:
Last year, researchers from Rutgers University found the pellets — which give the borough’s newly refurbished athletic fields a buoyant, soil-like feel — are made of recycled tires that contain high concentrations of a cancer-causing chemical, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons...Studies also found levels of the highly toxic benzo(a)pyrene at more than eight times the state’s acceptable level for regular dirt samples, experts said.
Health Advocates Question Safety Of Synthetic Fields
Meanwhile, Councilman Dennis "Pinky" Gallagher wholeheartedly endorses the potentially hazardous artificial turf:
Kick Off New Victory Field
Gallagher seconded Benepe’s endorsement of synthetic playing surfaces by imparting, “It used to drive me crazy to watch government invest sometimes $1.2, $1.3 million to take a ball field, replace it with grass, and then [after] a couple of football games, a couple of rainstorms ... before you know it, there was a dustbowl again and it was a waste of public funds.”
There's something that's even more of a waste of public funds...